Grades 6-12, College, Adult
Produced by Vivia Boe and John de Graaf
DVD Purchase $250, Rent $85
VHS Purchase $250, Rent $85
US Release Date: 1998
Copyright Date: 1998
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-133-9
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-756-5
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Awards and Festivals
Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Bodrum International Environmental Film Festival, Turkey
RioFest Environmental Film Festival
Escape from Affluenza|
Simple living and its rewards.
NOTE: This program is available on home video for personal use only. Please order under Home Video.
This video shows audiences how to declare their independence from the epidemic of rampant consumerism and materialism ailing Americans and our environment by adopting the practices of simple living.
Like AFFLUENZA, this sequel uses expert commentary, thought-provoking vignettes and humor to show how people can reduce their consumption and simplify their lives.
With stories of real people from Seattle to the Netherlands who have altered their lifestyles and re-discovered the joy of living, ESCAPE FROM AFFLUENZA offers the antidote to debt, stress, time-pressure and possession-overload.
Other films by John de Graaf are AFFLUENZA, BUYER BE FAIR, SILENT KILLER: The Unfinished Campaign against Hunger, THE MOTHERHOOD MANIFESTO, BEYOND ORGANIC, ON NATURE'S TERMS, HOT POTATOES, FOR EARTH'S SAKE: The Life and Times of David Brower, DAVID BROWER: A Conversation with Scott Simon, and WHAT'S THE ECONOMY FOR, ANYWAY?.
"This video...brings thoughtfulness and humor, down-to-earth practicality and visionary hopes to the work of recovery. If you are in the early stages of wanting to live differently, watch ESCAPE FROM AFFLUENZA. You'll find you have company, and you'll have an idea what to do next."
"It is notable that both films are upbeat (even while introducing lots of worrisome information) because of their light touch, and the way they introduce us to lots of people who are making many changes in their lives. They avoid a grim this-is-the-only-way-to-live legalism."
"ESCAPE FROM AFFLUENZA is...easily recommended."